Whether it’s architectural excellence or the art of the plate, we’ve sent writers and photographers to all corners of the world. Here are some of our favourite words and pictures that will prompt you to start planning your next trip.
1. ATLANTIC CANADA COOL
Can exceptional architecture reinvent an economy? Newfoundland-born, Norwaybased Todd Saunders’ design for Fogo Island Inn has put the remote Newfoundland island on the radar of travellers from all over the world.
2. BEST OF CANADA
In this photo of a young woman in Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island, Nunavut, Ottawa-based photographer Michelle Valberg demonstrates her mastery at capturing what makes Canada’s North a truly remarkable: the people, just as much as the landscapes and wildlife.
3. COOL CARTAGENA
The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
In 1995, a convent built in 1621 was transformed into the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena. But the landmark building wasn’t the only beneficiary of the thoughtful repurposing. The project also contributed to making the historic walled area of Cartagena, Colombia, a more vibrant neighbourhood and a unmissable gourmet destination.
4. ART OF THE PLATE
Arguments about which is the best restaurant in the world might be fun, but are hard to win. No one has come up with a scoring system for what makes a life-changing meal. But Osteria Francescana, owned and operated by chef Massimo Bottura in Modena, Italy, has certainly made a valiant effort to claim the title. The dessert “Oops! I’ve Dropped the Lemon Tart!” is Bottura’s checkmate.
5. HANDY IN HANOI
Artisanship and the entrepreneurial spirit are regularly on display on the streets of Vietnam. Using his bicycle as a boutique, this vendor has an assortment of baskets and hats at the ready.
6. HISTORY & MODERNITY
Some of the best architectural projects around the globe these days embrace the concept of adaptive reuse, making what’s old totally brand new. Located on the Brussels Canal, Tour & Taxis warehouse in Brussels is a 19th-century Warehouse, whose original purpose as a shipping and customs hub had become irrelevant. So it’s been turned into a remarkable space for cultural events, including Couleur Café and the Brussels Design Market.
7. SPIRITUALLY SITUATED
A short walk from Nyaung Shwe in southern Myanmar, the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery is home to novice Buddhist monks. More than 150 years old, the striking teak building sits on stilts, providing a sense of peace for religious and nonreligious visitors alike.
8. NORTHERN LIGHTS IN NUNAVUT
While your first reaction to Nunavut’s powerful polar displays may be awe-struck silence, nothing beats the moment when you and your friends all say a hushed “wow” at the same time as you take in the start of the aurora’s captivating dance. The magic continues when someone starts to sway, and before you know it you’re wandering around, moving with the gentle ebb and flow of your new late-night companion.
9. EUROPEAN BREAKS - Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
For years, Prague has captured the heart of travellers. Now the fairytale town of Český Krumlov is catching the eye of international jetsetters. Situated on the banks of the Vltava River, the town was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries.
10. RUNNING THROUGH THE BALI HANDARA GATE
Bali Handara Gate – The Heaven of Bali Handara Gate is a beautiful gate in the north of Bali, precisely to the north of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. This gate is one of the most impressive photo icons for travelers and intagramers. With a combination of ancient gates with hills and green golf courses. Making Handara Gate Bali one of the places that you must visit.